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Monday, November 5, 2012 • Volume 117, Issue 51

GREEK LIFE

Future uncertain for SAE fraternity Chapter sanctioned in September

Miles’ magic absent as Tide flips the script on LSU

They were waiting. of the stadium. Adorned in every style of headgear — sombreThere would be no payoff for the Mad Hatter ’s ros, top hats, purple-and-gold feather gambles this time. This was the flip Chris Abshire afros, flat bills and snapbacks — the side of the coin with which Miles so Sports Writer student section waited for LSU coach often gambles. Les Miles to be there for the traditional For once, it was the opposing rendition of the Alma Mater following Alabama’s 21- team that pulled one out of its hat against LSU. 17 stunner in Tiger Stadium. “I want the people to look at this film and say, After 22 straight home wins and just one Saturday LSU had opportunities to win this time, like they did night loss under Miles, it was a Pavlovian reaction. with Alabama when we won in Tuscaloosa last year,” It was also a futile one as Miles, his famous said LSU junior defensive end Sam Montgomery. hat burrowed especially low, barreled with a blank HATS, see page 9 face past them to the tunnel and into the depths

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[Top left] LSU junior defensive end Sam Montgomery (99) and sophomore punter Brad Wing (38) return to the locker room and [top right] LSU head coach Les Miles makes a quick exit from the field, while [bottom] students remain unmoved in the stands Saturday after the Tigers’ 21-17 loss against Alabama in Tiger Stadium. Almost 30 minutes after the game, many students still sat in shock. View a photo gallery of the game at lsureveille.com/multimedia/photos.

Staff Reports The University chapter of the Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity has been under scrutiny this semester by University officials as well as the fraternity’s national headquarters, and members of the LSU Greek community say SAE’s future on campus is uncertain. SAE was temporarily suspended from activities by the University on Sept. 28 and was also sanctioned by the national fraternity, according to both University Relations and LSU Greek Life. The punishment came in violation of University Policy Statement 52, which dictates how the University handles inappropriate actions by a student organization. Misconduct that qualifies under Policy Statement 52 is any action that “is contrary to the provisions of a University regulation and/or a local, state, or federal law or regulation.” However, no information was available concerning the reason for suspension. A representative from SAE’s national headquarters did not respond to a request for comment as of Sunday night. But members of the Greek community are saying the fraternity may be facing a ban from campus. A member of the Greek community who requested to remain anonymous said the offense that led to SAE’s troubles was sexual in nature. The incident happened earlier in the semester, but new details have recently emerged that suggest the fraternity could face losing its University affiliation. Contact The Daily Reveille’s news staff at news@lsureveille.com; Twitter: @TDR_news


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INTERNATIONAL Egypt’s Copts choose new pope, child chooses from crystal chalice CAIRO (AP) — A blindfolded child reached into a crystal chalice and pulled out a slip of paper — and Egypt’s Coptic Christians had a new pope. At the Coptic Cathedral, there was a moment of silence. Then a boy, himself chosen by lottery, his face covered by a dark blue cloth decorated with religious images, was led to the chalice. Copts believe that his hand would be guided by God. He reached into the vessel and pulled out the name of Bishop Tawadros, who will be the next spiritual leader of the Copts. Puerto Rico seeks to define its relationship to U.S., vote on future SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — Puerto Rican voters will once again ponder the decades-old question over the island’s political future when they go to the polls Tuesday: What kind of relationship do they really want with the United States? The Caribbean island is the U.S. Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, an extension of the U.S. mainland, its giant neighbor 1,000 miles to the northwest. But in fact it is a territory, lacking both the freedom of an independent country and some of the fundamental rights it would have if it was a U.S. state.

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A blindfolded Egyptain boy draws the name of the next pope from a crystal chalice next to acting Coptic Pope Pachomios during the papal election.

Iran’s Revolutionary Guards set up new base near disputed islands TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran’s powerful Revolutionary Guards inaugurated a new naval base on Sunday to reinforce Tehran’s authority over three Persian Gulf islands also claimed by the neighboring United Arab Emirates, Iranian state TV reported. It lies north of the Iranian-controlled islands of Abu Musa, Greater Tunb and Lesser Tunb that dominate the approach to the strategic Strait of Hormuz, a key waterway through which about one-fifth of the world’s oil supply passes.

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NATIONAL

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Man climbs Chicago skyscraper with bionic leg; leg held up ‘fantastically’

Animal shelter benefit to cut price of mutt DNA tests at Pet Fest 2012

CHICAGO (AP) — A 31-year-old amputee has made history, becoming the first person to climb 103 floors of one of the world’s tallest skyscrapers with a bionic leg. Zac Vawter was wearing a prosthetic leg controlled by his mind Sunday when he participated in “SkyRise Chicago.” The charity event raises funds for the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago. The event marked the bionic leg’s first test in the public eye. Institute officials say the leg and its climber held up “fantastically.” Despite storm damage, election officials hopeful for voter turnout

Young boy killed in fall, dog mauling at Pennsylvania zoo exhibit

METAIRIE (AP) — People who want to know their mutts’ family background can get reduced-price DNA tests to benefit the Jefferson Parish Animal Shelter. “Who’s Your Daddy?” is part of Pet Fest 2012, scheduled from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Nov. 18 at Lafreniere Park in Metairie. Veterinarians caution that DNA tests on mutts are for entertainment, not diagnostic purposes. Pet Fest is organized by a Metairie doggy day-care called Central Bark New Orleans. Owner Holly Valenti says the shelter will receive $10 from each $50 cheek swab. The manufacturer sells the test online for $75.

PITTSBURGH (AP) — A young boy visiting the Pittsburgh zoo with his mother and friends was killed Sunday when he climbed over a railing and fell about 14 feet into an exhibit that’s home to a pack of African painted dogs, who pounced on the boy and mauled him, zoo officials said. It was not clear whether the child, who was about 3 years old, died from the fall or the attack, said Barbara Baker, president and CEO of the Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium.

NAPOLEONVILLE (AP) — Assumption Parish sheriff’s deputies say an 11-year-old boy has been charged with making a false bomb threat to a pharmacy. The Advocate says the pharmacy and a neighboring business were evacuated for about an hour. Authorities traced the call made to Assumption Pharmacy at 10:25 a.m. Tuesday after a store employee preserved the phone number on the caller ID system.

NEW YORK (AP) — Power generators are being marshaled, polling locations moved and voting machines hurriedly put into place as officials prepare to hold an national election in storm-ravaged sections of New York and New Jersey barely a week after Superstorm Sandy. Organizers expressed guarded confidence Sunday that the presidential vote will proceed with no major disruptions in most areas hit by the storm, though it was unclear whether the preparations would be enough to avoid depressed turnout.

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Zac Vawter practices walking with an experimental “bionic” leg Oct. 25 at the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago.

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Members of the Painted Posse dance Saturday before the Tigers’ 21-17 loss against Alabama in Tiger Stadium.

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BOARD OF SUPERVISORS

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Board decides to move forward with merger plans Advisory team to be developed Brian Sibille News Editor

The future of the University as a flagship institution and state leader is clearer after the LSU Board of Supervisors decided Friday to move forward with a “transformation process” that could result in a merger, but it is still unknown what a reformed LSU will look like. The Board asserted the necessity for change in a struggling state higher education environment, carrying over a discussion that started Oct. 26 when the Board voted to combine the System president and University chancellor positions. This comes during a changing and formative time for the University. Former System President John Lombardi was voted out less than a year ago, and former Chancellor Michael Martin announced his new position as chancellor of the Colorado State University

System only a month later. Friday’s special meeting focused on these issues after a report from the Association of Governing Boards of Universities and Colleges, or AGB, recommended structural changes among all of the System’s institutions Oct. 26. The Board emphasized that a set of “guiding principles” will be followed during the process of change as the AGB report is considered. “My suggestion to the Board is that we continue this process we began by outlining a statement of principles to an advisory team that would come back to the Board with solutions,” said Board Chairman Hank Danos. The Board unanimously voted to move forward with Danos’ suggestion. Many of the Board of Supervisors assured the AGB report was merely suggestive and some options not detailed in the report could come into play as well. The guidelines include creating a single Louisiana State University that boasts a national and international reputation, improving the process to transfer credits

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Mike Woods, chairman of the LSU Alumni Association, approaches the LSU Board of Supervisors about the newly proposed guiding principles Friday at the LSU System Building.

among the System’s institutions for students and encouraging research among different faculties. Interim System President and Chancellor William “Bill” Jenkins called the process “a significant discussion to determine the future of an institution that is absolutely vital for the well-being of the state of Louisiana.” “We’re in a period of profound tectonic change, and we’re going to have to adapt and adopt,” Jenkins said. But some vested in LSU’s other campuses were not persuaded, as a strong showing of faculty, staff and students proved not all are in favor of the new plan. While the different leaders of System institutions expressed optimism in the possibilities of convergence, staff of LSU’s medical and law centers said they would like to give more input and ensure that leadership roles will stay intact. Dozens of students from the LSU Paul M. Hebert Law Center attended in support of a letter asking that their leadership be unscathed if any merger were to occur. The biggest concern expressed by staff from across the System was a part of a report that suggested equalizing the chancellor positions of other schools with the deans of the Baton Rouge campus’ separate colleges. Faculty of the Baton Rouge campus said they felt left out of decisions made thus far by the Board, with many suggesting no faculty were asked for input. Danos said some faculty have been involved, and there are plans to involve more as the process moves forward. “We will move forward with change and purpose but be sensitive to needs and deliberate about the process,” Danos said. Contact Brian Sibille at news@lsureveille.com; Twitter: @TDR_news

Timeline of System merger plans: · April 27: John Lombardi fired from System presidency. · May 25: Former Chancellor Michael Martin announces new position in Colorado; William Jenkins assumes interim system president and chancellor position. · Aug. 1: Executive Vice Chancellor and Provost Stuart Bell begins new position after Jack Hamilton’s two-year stint. · Oct. 26: Board votes to combine system president and chancellor positions.

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PHILANTHROPY

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[Left] A spiral of cans are displayed on Oct. 27, 2011, in the Union as a part of CANapalooza. This year’s CANapalooza will build a Tiger Stadium structure and a Mike the Tiger habitat structure. [Right] Runners take off Sunday evening down Dalrymple Drive for RUNapalooza, a 5k to promote hunger awareness in the LSU and Baton Rouge community.

‘Paloozas’ collect for Baton Rouge Food Bank Jacy Baggett Contributing Writer

The University homecoming service committee added another “palooza” to the events of homecoming festivities. RUNapalooza, a 5k walk/run, promoted hunger awareness in the Baton Rouge community, said Claudia Valbuena, public administration graduate student and graduate adviser for service subcommittee of the Homecoming Student Committee. She said Baton Rouge has a huge running community and students wanted to incorporate a 5k in the service component, connected to CANapalooza. Valbuena said the object of

the race was to raise money for the Greater Baton Rouge Food Bank and educate runners about hunger issues locally and nationally. “Hunger facts were placed along the race route to give runners an education piece as to what hunger is in the community and what the food bank does,” she said. About 50 participants ran the race this year, but Valbuena said she hopes this race has set a solid foundation for years to come. “I could see it truly growing and becoming like a festival, like RUNapalooza sounds, maybe involving more families and alumni and having a larger event that kicks off homecoming,she said” The first participant to finish the race, physics senior Joey

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PETA to showcase interactive exhibit Event part of college campus tour Rachel Warren News and Entertainment Deputy Editor

People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, or PETA, and its youth division peta2 are giving students a chance to experience animal cruelty on campus, starting today. The organization will host an educational event, including a large interactive exhibit and information sessions, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. today and Tuesday on Tower Drive. The group is setting up the display on campus as part of a national college tour that began in September. According to a news release, the exhibit, which is intended to give students an idea of how animals are treated at factory farms, will be contained in a 20-foot-by30-foot inflatable tent. As part of the project, students

will have a chance to experience the same conditions many animals do, including being contained in a sow gestation crate, which is used to hold pregnant pigs at factory farms, the release said. Other elements of the exhibit will include a meat industry video exposé titled “Glass Walls,” samples of vegan foods, and vegetarian and vegan starter kits, according to the release. “College is the time to consider new ideas, and peta2’s factory-farm display gives students an idea of how much suffering goes into a chicken nugget or a beef burger,” peta2 Associate Director Marta Holmberg said in the release. “Once students see what cows, chickens, and other animals go through on factory farms, in transit and in slaughterhouses, they’ll want to load up their cafeteria trays with humane vegan selections.”

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Layton, said he learned about the run online and wanted to participate because it is for a good cause. “I’d rather use the money for this race as opposed to going to buy something,” Layton said. Alex Gulino, engineering sophomore and the second participant to finish, said she learned interesting facts about hunger along the race route. Gulino said she heard about the race through her sorority. After the race, participants were asked to attend the official homecoming kick-off in the ballroom of the Student Union. The top five male and female racers were recognized and awarded prizes from Caliente Mexican Craving. The kick-off also featured

Mike Manning, president and CEO for the Greater Baton Rouge Food Bank, comedian Steve Hofstetter, cheerleaders and Mike the Tiger. The CANapalooza service project will also see some changes this year. The Tiger Stadium structure will be built again, but Valbuena said the committee“wanted to add something else to it to spice things up.” Mike the Tiger’s habitat will be built alongside Tiger Stadium this year, she said. The architect who constructed last year’s Tiger Stadium has returned this year to construct this year’s Tiger Stadium as well as Mike’s habitat. Valbuena said last year’s Tiger

Stadium took two days and 23,000 cans to construct. She said Mike’s habitat is on a smaller scale, only requiring 3,000 cans. The homecoming service committee asks various organizations and departments on campus to participate in collecting cans. Greek Life and the University Student Recreational Complex are strong supporters of the CANapalooza project. “We pull from a lot of different areas on campus, and luckily people are more than willing to participate,” Valbuena said.

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POLITICS

Sandy could affect election Some early ballots arriving more slowly Megan Dunbar Staff Writer

Hurricane Sandy has brought some of the wrath normally felt in the southern states up the eastern seaboard and some fear that it could affect voting in New York, New Jersey and Connecticut. In the days after Sandy’s landfall, New York blogger inothernews and others on Twitter and Tumblr posted complaints about hearing political advertisements on the radio. A similar but more prevalent uproar about the famed New York City Marathon continuing as planned forced Mayor Michael Bloomberg to officially cancel the event. Voting, however, will not be canceled. While some polling places remain without power, New York officials plan to build temporary voting sites in tents, according to The New York Times. The three states most affected are expected to vote for President Barack Obama, according to an aggregation of polls on political website Real Clear Politics. While this means a lower voter turnout due to Sandy’s aftereffects might not change the turnout of the electoral college vote, it could have a much larger negative effect on Obama in the nation’s popular vote. Real Clear Politics also shows Obama as having the close lead of 0.2 percent in the popular national vote. Gallup Polls paused its national tracking of voters in the presidential election as of last Monday, in order to provide for the lack of ability to contact many Northeasterners. Gallup instead used data collected over a series of days, after determining a lack of bias with its numbers. No storm in southern Louisiana has greatly affected voter turnout as Sandy might, although Hurricane Katrina in 2005 did cause much animosity toward then-New Orleans mayor Ray Nagin and FEMA. Another aspect of voting Sandy already disturbed is early voting. Postal services have been disrupted, which could cause fewer ballots to arrive on time. Analysts expect a third of this year’s votes to come from early voting. Contact Megan Dunbar at mdunbar@lsureveille.com

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Cancellation of New York City Marathon showcases good, bad aspects of city SEVEN MINUTES IN KEVIN KEVIN THIBODEAUX

Contributing Writer Sunday I woke up in New York emotionally and physically hungover from the LSU loss the previous night. I was in the Big Apple to support my dad and uncle who had trained months and dropped piles of cash to run in the New York City marathon. Little did we know on Thursday, when we arrived, that the marathon would soon be canceled and our collective moods dampened. By Saturday I was ready to write New York off as a one-note city, and that note was “screw you.” After Superstorm Sandy, New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg faced mounted criticism for his decision to support the New York marathon when places like Staten Island were in need of supplies that citizens argued were being used for the marathon and could instead be routed to those affected by the storm. On Friday, when I went with my family to pick up their race packets and to peruse shamelessly overpriced racing apparel and accessories, Twitter started buzzing with rumors that Bloomberg had canceled the race. I waited, unsure if the rumors were true and unwilling to spoil the trip for my dad and uncle. The race was indeed canceled, and we were all upset. My dad and uncle trained months to run the marathon. I had skipped school and the prospect of witnessing firsthand a victory against Alabama. Needless to say, I was pissed. Cancel the race on Sunday, when you realized the city was slightly unprepared for this storm. Cancel the marathon Tuesday, when you realized the race passes through areas devastated by the storm. But don’t cancel the race on Friday when runners had traveled from all over the world and shelled out thousands of dollars on plane tickets and hotel rooms that could instead be used to house those without power. And while it was asserted throughout the news that the race wasn’t happening, an announcement was delayed for the hundreds of racers standing in line to pick up their numbers for the race. I felt awful for the men and women who traveled to the city in hopes of fulfilling, in some cases, a lifelong dream. It takes months of preparation to get in shape to run 26.2 miles. That type of training takes its toll on your body. So much so that after running, it is said you need months of rest before running another equally demanding race to give your body time to recover. Entry into the New York

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Carrying a backpack with goods and supplies, marathon runner Eitan Tabak runs past debris Sunday in the hard-hit Midland Beach neighborhood of the Staten Island borough of New York. With the cancellation of the New York Marathon, hundreds of runners ran to neighborhoods impacted by Superstorm Sandy to help.

marathon isn’t even guaranteed — my uncle spent three years trying to get into the race. It’s the atmosphere, the city, the crowd support that draws millions to the city to not only run but show their support for runners who devote so much of their time in preparation. But on Sunday, my faith in the city was restored. My uncle, my dad and I ventured to Central Park, where the marathon’s finish line was, to run a lap around the park. We were completely unprepared for what awaited us. Runners flocked to the park to complete the marathon they were told was canceled. Crowds showed up to cheer on the runners, whose determination was unmarred by Bloomberg’s indecision. Donations in the form of clothes and money were being accepted for Sandy’s victims. It was everything that is great about the city. The ability of New York to rally behind itself showcases America’s greatest strength. So while I was originally pessimistic about the storm that was being compared to Katrina, which is unfair to the residents of both cities, I left New York feeling inspired by what I had seen there despite the Tigers’ loss.

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University alumna to open hookah lounge in Mid-City The Phoenix to open in December Luke Jones

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Trash litters the grass beside Nicholson Drive the morning after LSU’s 21-17 loss to Alabama.

The typical Baton Rouge hangout scene consists of coffee shops, bars and house parties. However, a recent University graduate is bringing a new type of establishment to Baton Rouge: the hookah lounge. Hookah lounges are cafeesque places that allow customers to relax either alone or in groups, while smoking flavored tobacco, known as shisha, in objects called hookahs. Hookah lounges offer the social interaction of a bar, but in a calmer atmosphere, similar to that of a coffee shop. Although not as mainstream as other types of establishments, hookah lounges are fairly common in many college towns, according to a recent New York Times article. Recent alumna Farah Gheith, along with her brother Abdullah, hope to establish their new business venture within the year. The new lounge, called The Phoenix, will offer a variety of flavored tobacco products as well as teas and coffees to customers, Gheith said. However, this isn’t Gheith’s first business venture. In fact, it isn’t even her first hookah lounge. Her family owned and operated a hookah lounge in Pineville while

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Holden to present 2013 budget Megan Dunbar Staff Writer

Baton Rouge Mayor-President Kip Holden will present his planned 2013 budget at today’s Metro Council meeting, one day before voters will decide whether he will remain for another four years. The current Baton Rouge budget allows more than half of the allotted money for public safety, and under either of the two strongest candidates, Holden and Mayor ProTempore Mike Walker, that would be unlikely to change. Holden said his finance department began working on the budget in spring. If another candidate is elected to office, the Metro Council will still review the new mayor’s budget and have the power to veto as it deems necessary. This is Holden’s eighth budget, and in each he says public safety has been the number one priority. Walker has accused Holden of having misplaced spending priorities in the past. He said his first concern is crime fighting and “everything else comes second.” Walker’s plan is to cut the

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Mayor-President Kip Holden speaks at the ribbon cutting of the Public Works and Planning Center on Tuesday, Oct. 23.

budget in nonspecified ways to fund a more present police force. Businessman Gordon Mese, also a candidate, acknowledged that crime is an issue in Baton Rouge, and said he would look to solve it through a community movement. “We need to quit creating criminals,” Mese said at a debate Tuesday. Attorney Steve Myers said he joined the mayoral race to talk about issues besides crime and traffic, but has acknowledged the need for more effective policing.

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In a video on Myers’ website, he condemns Baton Rouge for spending too much money on public safety. He calls to look for a better way to spend less money and see safer results from its use. While candidates agree on the necessity of looking at spending for crime-fighting, each has different views on how to stimulate the economy through possible budgetaffecting moves. Holden has looked to outside sources, such as Chinese technology companies, while Walker said he would capitalize on the alreadyexisting natural gas industry. Walker said claims that leaning too heavily on one industry could cause collapse has not held true in the past, since the natural gas business “has always been here.” Mese emphasized attracting young intellectuals to the community in order to foster a diverse economy, while Myers said government and economic development should be kept separate. The election will be held Nov. 6, with a runoff on Dec. 8, if necessary. Contact Megan Dunbar at mdunbar@lsureveille.com

she was in high school, Gheith said. “We decided to go with the name ‘The Phoenix’ because our last store had burned due to an electrical fire. We are rising from our ashes and bringing our culture to Baton Rouge,” Gheith said. The Phoenix will not only offer hookah-related services and products, but will also be linked to the community, Gheith said. “We will also want to embrace local culture, as well as introduce local bands to perform. From acoustic, to jazz, to art shows, we want this lounge to be a place that’s full of culture,” Gheith said. “Our last lounge brought together so many people of all different backgrounds. It was a cross-breeding of cultures, as people learned about the ways we drink tea, the proper methods to greet one another and also got their fortunes read from the remains of their Turkish coffee.” Psychology senior Blaire Hirstius thinks Baton Rouge is a great place to open a hookah lounge. “It’s about time something new and interesting opens around here,” Hirstius said. “Once everybody starts hearing about it, I think it’ll become quite popular, especially with college students.” In addition to this business venture, Gheith is involved in both the University and Baton Rouge entrepreneur scene. As a marketing major, Gheith was an active member of organizations such as IAmE,

SeNSE and the Stephenson Entrepreneurship Institute Fellows Program. She is also currently in the process of starting her own guerrilla marketing firm, Geaux Geurilla. Jarett Rodriguez, associate director for the Stephenson Entrepreneurship Institute described Gheith as a driven person. “The entrepreneurial spirit pours from her,” Rodriguez said. “When Farah told me about it and about her concept, it was obvious that she understands the industry and the customer. I have absolutely no doubt that Farah will succeed in her entrepreneurial venture.” Set to open in mid-December, The Phoenix will be located in Mid-City Baton Rouge with hours of operation being from 6 p.m. until 2 a.m. every night. Gheith also said that The Phoenix will be looking to hire employees in the near future. Contact Luke Jones at ljones@lsureveille.com


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RESEARCH

Professor investigates natural products used for horse ulcers Juliann Allen Contributing Writer

A University professor took horses back to the basics last year, using natural berries rather than pharmaceuticals to heal their stomach ulcers. Veterinary medicine professor Frank Andrews studied the effects of horse stomach ulcer treatment, finding seabuckthorn berries healed some parts of the stomach just as well as prescribed medication. Andrews said some horses, especially those in performance, develop equine gastric ulcer syndrome, or stomach ulcers, causing a deduction in performance, a roughening of the hair coat and ongoing stomach pain for the horse. “What I wanted to do was find a natural product that would prevent those ulcers from recurring,” Andrews said. Andrews tested the use of a natural product called SeaBuck Gastro Plus, a feed additive made from berries from the seabuckthorn shrub. Andrews used two groups of eight horses from the University Vet School and fed each group the same type and quantity of food. He said he added four ounces of the natural

treatment to each horse’s food in one group while leaving the other group without the treatment. They inserted a 9-foot endoscope through each horse’s nose to reach the stomach for periodic examination, he said. After 35 days, Andrews said the glandular ulcers in the lower twothirds of the stomach of the treated group were gone, but the ulcers in the squamous mucosa, the upper one-third of the stomach, did not go away. The natural treatment resembled a treatment used to help stomach problems in humans, he said. A horse’s lower stomach is similar to that of a human stomach, so the medication had a similar effect on eliminating the ulcers. Andrews concluded a horse owner would have to use a prescription to take care of the remaining ulcers in the upper part of the stomach. While some horses tend to be more likely to develop ulcers than others, Andrews said the ulcers may be caused in part by nature and nurture. He said owners feed horses differently from the way they are fed in a “wild horse lifestyle.” Many horses eat sweet feed,

which contains corn and molasses. The horses enjoy it, but Andrews said sweet feed does not necessarily promote the best health for the stomach. Andrews also said esophageal tissue lines the upper one-third of the stomach. When the horse engages in activities like racing, the stomach acid splashes onto the upper stomach area and can cause ulcers. “The problem is in the anatomy of the stomach,” he said. “The whole horse’s digestive tract was made to walk around in the pasture and eat.” Bruce McMullin, CEO and founder of Seabuck, said using natural products saves money and prevents the side effects that come with taking prescribed products. Though a natural diet in horses surpasses prescribed products, McMullin said implementing this diet in horses has not yet caught on with many people. “Typically, people get a level of comfort with something they’ve used in the past, and it’s hard for them to try something new,” McMullin said. Contact Juliann Allen at jallen@lsureveille.com

ELECTIONS

High turnout expected in La. Melinda Deslatte The Associated Press

(AP) — Louisiana candidates seeking to rally an election victory were spending their final days before Tuesday attending football tailgates and festivals, waving signs on street corners and making last rounds of phone calls to pitch themselves to voters. Secretary of State Tom Schedler expected a strong turnout on Election Day, after a record number of voters cast their ballots ahead of time during the weeklong early voting period. More than 340,000 people voted early, nearly 12 percent of Louisiana’s 2.9 million registered voters. At the top of the ticket is the contest between Democratic President Barack Obama and Republican challenger Mitt Romney. Louisiana’s outcome has been expected to be a certain victory for Romney in the Republican-leaning state, so GOP and Democratic volunteers have been asked to travel to swing states to campaign for their candidates there. In addition to the presidential race, also on the ballot are six congressional races, nine constitutional amendments, judgeships and local contests around the state. A seat on the state’s utility regulatory agency, the Public Service Commission, is up for grabs, along with an open Louisiana Supreme Court seat representing the Baton Rouge area. The outcome of most of the state’s U.S. House races seemed to

have been decided in August, when few well-financed challengers signed up to oppose Louisiana’s incumbent congressmen. Republican U.S. Reps. Steve Scalise of Metairie, John Fleming of Minden, Rodney Alexander of Quitman and Bill Cassidy of Baton Rouge have faced little opposition from their challengers and have had to spend little from their campaign war chests, sticking to town hall meetings and mailers rather than widespread TV advertising. Democratic U.S. Rep. Cedric Richmond of New Orleans also has had little organized opposition, even though Richmond’s district has taken on a noticeably different shape, moving all the way up the Mississippi River to Baton Rouge after the latest redesign of the state’s congressional districts. The only Louisiana congressional race to involve big spending and strong competition is in the 3rd District covering southwest Louisiana and Acadiana. No matter the outcome, an incumbent congressman will lose his seat. Republican incumbents Charles Boustany and Jeff Landry were forced into the same district when the state lost a congressional seat after the latest federal census, and the face-off has been a bitter battle laden with attack ads and accusations of lies and dirty tactics. The two congressmen are trying to stake out much the same philosophical territory, both running as conservatives, leaving them

to distinguish themselves largely by slamming each other. Landry is running as the Tea Party favorite, while Boustany is considered a more traditional Republican candidate. Landry calls his opponent an example of what’s broken about Washington, claiming Boustany votes with the positions of the national GOP and House Speaker John Boehner over the needs of his district. “It’s a culture of making promises and not delivering,” Landry said at a recent debate with Boustany. “I don’t do what our leadership in Washington tells me or what the Republican Party tells me.” Boustany charges that his opponent habitually skips votes and attacks Boustany to distract voters from his lack of accomplishments during his one term in Washington. He said Landry plays political games rather than working on legislation. The design of the district favors Boustany, but Landry has worked to assemble grassroots support and local GOP endorsements, making the 3rd District race a tight contest. Three other candidates are seeking the seat, but they’ve done little fundraising for their campaigns and little advertising. However, Democratic trial lawyer Ron Richard is expected to siphon off Democratic votes and could push the campaign into a Dec. 8 runoff. Contact The Daily Reveille’s news staff at news@lsureveille.com; Twitter: @TDR_news

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Monday, November 5, 2012

A state-by-state look at Superstorm Sandy’s effect The Associated Press The massive storm that started out as Hurricane Sandy slammed into the East Coast and morphed into a huge and problematic system, killing at least 107 people in the United States. Power outages now stand at more than 1.8 million homes and businesses, down from a peak of 8.5 million. Here’s a snapshot of what is happening, state by state. CONNECTICUT Utility companies say all 192 polling places will have power on Election Day, although some might be from generators. Commuter rail service along the Danbury and Waterbury branches of Metro-North Railroad’s New Haven Line will resume Monday. There will be bus service on the New Canaan

branch line, at least for two days. Deaths: 3. Power outages: 63,460, down from a peak of 625,000.

Deaths: 48, including 41 in New York City. Power outages: 657,000, down from 2.2 million.

NEW JERSEY Rationing system for auto fuel in effect for its first full day, while water recedes in some shore towns. Students will return to class Monday in dozens of schools shuttered by Sandy. Deaths: 23. Power outages: 950,000, down from 2.7 million.

PENNSYLVANIA The Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority is loaning 31 of its buses to NJ Transit, which will use the vehicles to support shuttle service for New Jersey commuters traveling to New York City. Deaths: 15. Power outages: 60,000, down from 1.2 million.

NEW YORK Thousands of runners poured in Central Park Sunday morning to run 26.2 miles, despite the marathon being called off Friday night; others ran to Staten Island to help storm victims. Gov. Andrew Cuomo says fuel shortage gripping area is a ‘short term’ problem, but will continue for days. Children go back to school Monday.

RHODE ISLAND Police and National Guard troops continued to staff checkpoints as officials in Westerly and Charlestown limited access to damaged beach communities to property owners and construction workers. Deaths: None. Power outages: none, down from more than 122,000.

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Garbage lies piled on the street in the New Dorp neighborhood of Staten Island on Sunday in the aftermath of Superstorm Sandy.

WEST VIRGINIA The Secretary of State’s Office moved five precincts in three counties hard hit last week Sandy. More changes could come before Election Day on Tuesday. Deaths: 6. Power outages: 53,000, down from 270,000.

Other states with storm-related deaths: Maryland (4), New Hampshire (1), North Carolina (3), Ohio (2), Virginia (2). Contact The Daily Reveille’s news staff at news@lsureveille.com; Twitter: @TDR_news

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Rescuers bring people out by boat Tuesday, Oct. 30 in Little Ferry, N.J., in the wake of Superstorm Sandy, which put more than 7.5 million homes and businesses in the dark and caused a number of deaths.

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EMPLOYMENT

Prison factories caught in private business debate Jay Reeves The Associated Press

TALLADEGA, Ala. (AP) — On the outside, Unicor, with its big oaks and magnolia trees, looks like it could be part of a landscaped industrial park. Step a little closer, and it’s clear the apparel shop lies in the middle of a medium-security federal prison in east Alabama. The factory and those like it that employ convicted felons are at the heart of a simmering debate about whether prisons should be siphoning away jobs — at much lower wages — that could be filled by those who need them during the nation’s toughest period of unemployment in decades. Congressional Republicans, a handful of Democrats and privateindustry critics want to clamp down on Unicor, the trade name for Federal Prison Industries. Almost 13,000 inmates working in federal lockups around the country for a few dollars a day make everything from military uniforms to office furniture to electrical parts that are sold exclusively to federal agencies. With annual revenues that reached $900 million last year, Unicor is the federal government’s 36thlargest vendor. Corrections officials say the program teaches prisoners invaluable job skills and personal discipline that help cut down on their return to prison. Inmates who work in the program are 24 percent less likely to commit more crimes than other prisoners after being released, they say. “While it operates as a business, the real output is inmates who are trained in marketable job skills so that they can return to the community as productive members of society,” Philip J. Sibal, senior deputy assistant director of Federal Prison Industries, told a congressional committee earlier this year. But Misti Keeton’s eyes welled with tears at the thought of losing her job to a convict. She sews military apparel in the west Alabama town of Fayette at American Power Source. The company is laying off about 50 workers at her plant and another one in Columbus, Miss., after losing a contract to make Air Force exercise garb to Unicor. “I’m terrified,” Keeton said as she fed camouflage cloth through a machine with one hand and wiped away tears with the other. “I’ve got two teenagers at home. I don’t know what I’m supposed to say to them if I lose this job. I don’t know what I’m supposed to feed them.” Critics of the program say Unicor undercuts private companies because of lower operating costs and laws that require federal agencies to use inmate-produced products when able. Inmates in the Talladega prison factory are paid by the pieces of clothing they complete and average around $150 a month, which goes into an account at the prison. At American Power Source,

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Apparel workers sew military uniforms at American Power Source on Oct. 10 in Fayette, Ala. Many employees are worried they will lose their jobs to convicts.

workers make $9.25 an hour average, or about $1,480 a month based on a 40-hour week. Federal prisoners, though, haven’t taken huge numbers of jobs away from private industry. Private groups supporting limits on Unicor’s operation have documented only 300 or so layoffs directly linked to private companies losing work to federal prisoners, all at four textile plants in Alabama and Tennessee. And, though Unicor doesn’t have to pay benefits like many private employers, Talladega plant manager Robert Bynum said the factories face a challenge other businesses don’t: Making quality products with convicted felons, many of whom don’t know how to work. “Every day I get guys who’ve never had a job,” Bynum said. Correctional officers are stationed all around the prison, but not inside the factory unless needed. The tension between private jobs and rehabilitating prisoners has hounded the prison industry program since it began under President Franklin D. Roosevelt during the Great Depression in 1934, when the national unemployment rate was 22 percent. Back then, the American Federation of Labor opposed creating a prison-based manufacturing network, arguing it would suck jobs away from the private sector at a time when working people needed every job they could get. The arguments today against Unicor are similar as the nation tries to escape lingering high unemployment following the worst recession since before World War II. Federal agencies are now required to purchase items when possible from Unicor. However, Rep. Bill Huizenga, R-Mich., is the primary sponsor of legislation to change that. Among other things, the proposal that has drawn bipartisan support would subject prison factories to direct competition with private business by removing a requirement that makes Unicor the “mandatory source” for some products for government agencies. The House passed such legislation in 2003 and 2006 before it stalled in the Senate both times; this year’s version got stuck in the committee that held the hearing where Sibal spoke in June. “We’ll get started again early in

the next Congress, and I think we’ve got a good opportunity to get something done,” said John M. Palatiello of the Business Coalition for Fair Competition, which supports the bill. But with Unicor plants at 66 prisons nationwide, critics say prisoners are doing work that law-abiding citizens could be performing. The operation isn’t nearly as big as just a few years ago because the sluggish economy and tight budgets have reduced government orders, forcing the Bureau of Prisons to close or downsize 43 Unicor factories nationwide. James Hamm isn’t following the Unicor debate closely, but he knows all about prison factories: He’s serving 38 years for bank robbery at the Talladega Federal Correctional Institution, which houses 1,050 prisoners. Hamm is among the 210 inmates who produce military apparel in a 30,000-square-foot factory at the prison. Hamm, 34, has used prison wages to pay his court-ordered fine of $1,200, and he earned the high school equivalency degree that was required as part of his participation in Unicor. He said the prison job has taught him about hard work and responsibility — things he didn’t know anything about on the outside. “Every morning I get up at the same time, whether it’s a holiday or weekend,” Hamm said. “I come to work every day.” About 130 miles away on the other side of Alabama, Keeton does the same thing at American Power Source. Keeton sympathizes with the need to rehabilitate prisoners in a way few others might — she’s a former inmate herself. Keeton served time at a state prison on drug-related charges but is now laboring in the same building where her mother worked for 27 years for a different apparel maker. “The government doesn’t want me on welfare,” she said. “They don’t want me to be a repeat offender. So why are they going to give my job to someone who is not going to come to this plant when they get out of prison?” Contact The Daily Reveille’s news staff at news@lsureveille.com; Twitter: @TDR_news

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Cover the score on the final stat sheet, and nearly everything else suggests a Tiger win. The Tigers won the turnover battle, almost doubled Alabama in time of possession and outgained the Crimson Tide by 104 yards. It’s the kind of dominant stat line LSU has been on the opposite side of many times in recent memory, only to rescue wins with a little Miles magic or the kind of improbable drive Tide quarterback AJ McCarron mustered in the waning moments. There was a failed onside kick, a missed fourth-down conversion, a botched attempt at a fake field goal and a questionable decision to kick a 54-yard field goal near the end of the first half. It’s a laundry list of aggressive playcalling, the kind noticeably absent from Miles’ repertoire through the first eight games of this season. “Our football team came in here to win,” said Miles, who railed against people that “discounted” LSU leading up to Saturday night. “We did not go timidly into the night. We went after it. I felt that we played extremely hard.” He saved those accolades for his players. With a pained face, Miles was left grasping for stat sheets, tape recorders and a microphone — anything he could reach — during the postgame news conference as he lamented his own shortcomings. “I wish I could have had a couple of my calls back, just so you know,” he said. “That is the way it goes sometimes. ... I told the team in the locker room that we win and lose in the same way: as a team. Nobody feels worse than [any player] in this room. I feel worse.” The doubt came on a night that should have felt like one of his greatest triumphs, as Miles largely shored up his critics’ typical concerns. The Tigers’ offense combined Les’ penchant for a hard-nosed rushing attack with a clutch and efficient sideline-to-sideline passing attack.

“The game plan was almost perfect,” said freshman offensive lineman Trai Turner. LSU quarterback Zach Mettenberger and the rest of the offense didn’t turn the ball over once. Even after a few critical early flags, the Tigers finished below their season average in number of penalties and yards penalized. Those were ultimately mundane successes, not the momentumchangers LSU is so accustomed to earning under Miles. “We put our defense in some tough situations,” said freshman running back Jeremy Hill. “There were a lot of momentum shifts in the game. You wish you could have some of them back. It’s a sickening feeling — unexplainable.” Players say they come to LSU for Miles’ gregarious nature, to experience the euphoria of having a coach so confident in them that he will risk everything on the field for them. According to senior offensive tackle Josh Dworaczyk, that confidence is unwavering, even after Saturday’s misfires. “You could see some conflict in him in the locker room, because he was proud of us but felt like he let us down,” Dworaczyk said. “The way he put it, it was a heavyweight fight that ended in a decision, one we didn’t get. Coach was trying to push on the gas, and we were right there with him 100 percent.” But it was Miles who faced the consequences alone, walking off the field silently, flanked only by an LSU official as fans above one side of the tunnel chastised him and fans on the other side consoled. After filming his postgame interview on the empty north end zone turf, Miles peered toward the vacant student section and let out an exasperated sigh. Call it gambler’s remorse.

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LEGISLATION

Monday, November 5, 2012

Pot town pushes back against industrial growers Jeff Barnard The Associated Press

ARCATA, Calif. (AP) — Happily isolated on California’s remote Humboldt County coast, Arcata has long made room in its heart for marijuana, whether grown illegally in the back woods by refugees of the Summer of Love, or legally in the back rooms of homes by medical pot patients. But the mellow days are coming to an end. Even Arcata residents who support legalization of marijuana have become fed up with high-volume indoor growing operations that take over much-needed housing and take advantage of the state’s loosely written medical marijuana law. The neighbors of these clandestine pot farms — operated behind curtains, shutters and alarm systems — complain of the skunk-like stink of cannabis, fire hazards, rising rents, vicious guard dogs, caches of guns, illegal pesticides, roadside dumping of unwanted growing gear and latenight visits from shady characters. Rather than throw more cops at the problem, the City Council is fighting back in a way befitting this liberal outpost that would rather be known for its pioneering community forest and sewage treatment marsh than marijuana. Measure I on next week’s ballot would impose a 45 percent electricity tax on households — with medical and other exceptions — that use three times the amount of power a typical family home does. The measure takes aim at commercial growers who maximize production by packing homes full of high intensity lights and irrigation systems that gobble electricity and sometimes cause fires from overloaded circuits. “Our hope is to drive the largescale growing operations out of

town,” said Shane Brinton, a city councilman and vice mayor who has pushed the novel idea. “I don’t view it as anti-marijuana,” said Brinton. “It’s a land-use issue, a public safety issue and environmental issue as well.” If it passes, it would be the first measure of its kind in the nation aimed at marijuana growers, said Allen St. Pierre, executive director of the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws. The amount of electricity that would subject a resident to the tax amounts to a $700 per month bill, and is equivalent to the power used by a big chain drug store. Pacific Gas & Electric Co. reports that 633 homes — one in 15— are using that much juice, indicating they are raising pot rather than families. If that many growers decide to absorb the tax instead of getting out of town, the tax would generate $1.2 million, or nearly 4 percent of the city’s $31.7 million budget. Located on the rainy coast 280 miles north of San Francisco, Arcata is a city of 17,000 that dates to the days when mule trains carried goods from the shipping port to the Gold Rush Country. The lumber and fishing industry here have fallen on hard times, but Humboldt State University is a foundation of the local economy, with contributions from niche manufacturers of gourmet cookies, kayaking gear and goat cheese. Since the back-to-the-land movement of the 1970s, marijuana has been creeping into the culture and economy, and now permeates it, said Tony Silvaggio, a Humboldt State sociologist and a founder of the Humboldt Institute of Interdisciplinary Marijuana Research. “This is the center of marijuana culture in the universe,” he said.

“One of the reasons is we have a very tolerant attitude toward marijuana. Word gets around, and people come here with the sole purpose to grow marijuana indoors...” Unlike some other states’ medical marijuana laws, California’s Compassionate Use Act of 1996 sets no limits on plants or processed marijuana, does not prohibit the sale of excess medical marijuana to other patients or dispensaries, does not require patients or growers to register, and does not lay out which diseases or conditions can be treated with marijuana. When growers get busted, they often claim they are growing for patients. Based on interviews with hundreds of growers, Silvaggio said even medical marijuana growers usually sell their extra, so the two markets cannot be separated. “Part of the problem with the marijuana economy is it is unregulatable,” he said. Several years ago, people here began realizing that whole blocks of houses had been taken over by illegal growers, said Kevin Hoover, editor of the irreverent weekly newspaper The Arcata Eye. “We came to realize we weren’t really dealing with hippies and the Zig Zag man. It was this industry,” said Hoover. “More than the dangers, it was this loss of neighborhood community. You can’t have your neighbor take in the paper when you’re on vacation. You can’t borrow a cup of sugar.” To get their neighborhoods back, more and more people are informing on their neighbors, said Police Chief Tom Chapman. Police are making progress, but still hardly making a dent. In 2010 Arcata police served search warrants on six houses and in

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This indoor marijuana growing operation was raided by the police in April 2011.

2011 that rose to 14. So far this year, police investigated 48 houses and got warrants to search 17. But only nine produced enough evidence for criminal prosecution. Police had to buy two huge shipping containers to haul off growing equipment. Driving an unmarked SUV with his guitar in the back seat — he plays in a classic rock band — Chapman points out house after house. One bust produced 750 plants and 13 pounds of processed marijuana. Another was a half block from a grassy playground where kids and dogs romped. “This is Small Town USA,” he said. “The people who live here are a bunch of working folks, salt of the earth, people just trying to get by.” A typical grower, the chief said, is a 20- or 30-something from outside the area who has moved into a house with an absentee landlord. They pay their rent on time with cash that stinks of marijuana. “Most of the landlords claim ignorance,” he said. Marnin Robbins has seen a half-

dozen houses in his neighborhood raided by police. “I don’t have a problem with marijuana,” he said. “But I do have a problem with people turning their houses into factories and bringing a violent element into our neighborhood.” Measure I has no organized opposition. But Mark Sailors, who drives a pedal cab downtown and grows medical marijuana for himself, his wife and his mother, has long felt city attempts to control medicinal cannabis are hypocritical. “This is just another in a long line of what I call Arcata’s medical marijuana Jim Crow laws,” Sailors said. “They pay a lot of lip service to being pro-Compassionate Use Act. But all their actions are trying to limit people and discourage the use” of medical marijuana.

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Sports

So Close, Yet So Far

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Alabama takes last-second, heart-breaking victory in lopsided game Alex Cassara Sports Writer

LSU did what not many thought possible — until it didn’t. It was leading the unbeatable No. 1 Alabama, 17-14, with victory seemingly in hand, and then it wasn’t. For almost the entirety of the game, Alabama quarterback AJ McCarron struggled. But when he got the ball with 1:34 to go in the game, he showed the Tigers why they’ve been hearing Heisman whispers about this “game manager.” A Tiger Stadium that had soared all evening was suddenly cavernous. The jubilation that was once so thorough was now contained to its crimson corner. “I can’t really explain what it feels like,” said junior defensive end Sam Montgomery. “All I know is, I turned around and we lost.” Many prognosticators said the Tigers (7-2, 3-2 Southeastern Conference) had to have a perfect game to have a chance against Alabama (9-0, 6-0 SEC), to DRIVE, see page 19

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LSU junior defensive end Barkevious Mingo (49) attempts to stop Alabama freshman running back T.J. Yeldon on his game-winning score Saturday during the Tigers’ 21-17 loss against Alabama in Tiger Stadium.

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While the LSU players slowly exited the field after suffering a heartbreaking loss to Alabama, wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. stopped and clutched the ground. It was expected that Beckham would be so emotionally drained after one of his best efforts in an LSU uniform and the war that happened for 60 minutes on the field Saturday night. Many of the Tigers can say they did the same against the most dominant team in the country. Just as Beckham slumped down and hit the turf, senior wide out Russell Shepard picked him up and the two walked out of Tiger Stadium with heads RESPECT, see page 15

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LSU junior quarterback Zach Mettenberger (8) throws the ball Saturday during the Tigers’ 21-17 loss to Alabama in Tiger Stadium.

The No. 9 LSU football team came up short in its attempt for some Tiger Stadium voodoo Saturday night in a 21-17 loss to No. 1 Alabama, but it should be proud of its effort Saturday night. What the rest of the season holds for the Tigers is uncertain. With two losses and three Southeastern Conference matchups ahead of them, they are probably out of the picture for a BCS game this season. But the positives outweighed the negatives from Saturday night.

Mettenberger comes of age It’s just one game, but LSU junior quarterback Zach Mettenberger proved Saturday that he has the chops to lead LSU to the promised land, and he did it against the country’s best defense. It was the best performance in his short LSU career, but the most important part was how he turned it in. LSU went into the locker room at halftime trailing by 11 points, a lead just about everyone figured that was insurmountable after he completed just 10 of 18 passes in the first half. Wrong. Mettenberger was masterful in the second half, completing 14 of 17 passes and leading LSU to an improbable PROUD, see page 19


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SWIMMING AND DIVING

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Radio host Hebert ejected from press box Excessive cheering violated decorum Chris Abshire Sports Writer

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LSU senior Nick Kunkel swims against Alabama junior Andrew Wrist in the 200-yard individual medley Saturday during a swim meet.

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Tuomola added a pair of second place finishes in the 50- and 100yard freestyle. Challenging his divers like never before, diving coach Doug Shaffer lauded his team for rising to the occasion. “I put a lot of pressure on the divers going into this event, with some expectations of what I wanted to accomplish,” Shaffer said. “We met about 98 percent of those goals and accomplishments.” The Lady Tigers were led on the boards by sophomore Alex Bettridge, who took first place on the 1-meter and second in the 3-meter, while freshman Cassie Weil took second in both the 1-meter and 3-meter. Sweeping both the 1-meter and 3-meter, the Tigers were led by junior Kevin Leong who won the 1-meter and junior Sean McKinney who won the 3-meter crown.

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Kentucky dismisses Composed Tigers edge past Rebels coach Joker Phillips Tyler Nunez

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Gary Graves The Associated Press

LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) — Kentucky football coach Joker Phillips knew after Saturday’s embarrassing loss to Vanderbilt that keeping his job would be tough. The end came a day later. Athletic Director Mitch Barnhart announced Phillips’ firing Sunday in an open letter on the Wildcats’ web site. The letter stated Phillips would be let go, effective at the end of the season, but athletic department spokesman DeWayne Peevy later said the coach’s status for the final two games was still to be determined. “We, as coaches, are measured on results,” Phillips said in a statement. “We didn’t get the results we had worked and hoped for, therefore change is needed. In my current 10year stay at Kentucky, we’ve had some memorable moments as an assistant, coordinator and head coach. We’ve had the opportunity to coach some fine young men, and I am grateful to have had the privilege of watching them grow as players, as students and as people.” The Wildcats lost their eighth straight game on Saturday, a 40-0 home loss to Vanderbilt. It was their worst loss to the Commodores in 96 years. Kentucky (1-9, 0-7 Southeastern Conference) is on the verge of going winless in the conference for the first time in school history. Kentucky plays Samford on Nov. 17 before closing the season against SEC rival Tennessee. “I have determined that it is in the best interest of our athletics program to make a change in our football coaching staff at the conclusion of the season,” Barnhart said. “I do so with a heavy heart for a man who has served his alma mater for almost 22 years as a player and a coach. Joker Phillips has carried the banner for the Blue and White with honor and pride. I have enjoyed working alongside him and am thankful for his friendship for the last decade.” Barnhart said the school will immediately begin a search for a new coach. Phillips had two years left on a contract that pays him $1.7 million per season. Peevy said the school would honor the contract. Phillips’ firing comes as no surprise. The 49-year-old coach is 12-23 overall in three seasons at Kentucky. He led the Wildcats to a bowl game in his first season but

they have gotten worse each season since. Other than a victory over Kent State, Kentucky has rarely been competitive this season. The Wildcats lost for the first time at home to instate rival Western Kentucky, and were blown out at Florida, Arkansas and Missouri — the Tigers’ firstever SEC win. Wildcats fans have bombarded sports radio talk shows with calls for Phillips’ firing. The intensity picked up after the Western Kentucky loss and has remained steady since. Attendance at Commonwealth Stadium has also dropped sharply from last season. The Wildcats entered the game against the Commodores averaging 51,255 — down from 60,007 in 2011. Saturday’s attendance was a season-low 44,902. Barnhart has been asked repeatedly about his coach as well but responded by saying he would evaluate the program after the season as he does with all programs. In his letter, he said the circumstances of this season led him to make a decision now. “In the end, there are realities we must face and overcome,” Barnhart said. “Right or wrong, we must respond to those realities to protect the 22 programs and 500-plus student-athletes for whom we provide. Obviously our football program is not where we want it to be and we are all disappointed; coaches, players, administration and our fans.” The loss to Vanderbilt marked a low for Kentucky. The Wildcats gained just 260 yards and trailed 27-0 at halftime. Phillips seemed resigned to his fate after the game. “If there was a decision either way,” Phillips said, “I would think it would be important for me or Mitch to come out and make a decision, either way. ... Help get another guy or help us in recruiting.” Before his comments Saturday, Phillips handled the scrutiny by referring to his close relationship with Barnhart or cracking a joke. Last week he said, “I was coming over here [to his weekly media session], and I got in the car, and my seat was hot. And I looked up, and I had hit the seat warmer.”

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Maturity was the unanimous deciding factor among players and coaches after the LSU volleyball team beat Ole Miss in a tightly contested match. LSU (11-13) and Ole Miss (1013) went back and forth in all four sets before the Tigers finally took the match 3-1. After splitting the first two sets, the Tigers came out of the locker room strong, jumping out to a quick 10-3 lead in the third set. The Rebels refused to lay down, cutting LSU’s lead to 21-20, but the Tigers came out of a timeout called by LSU coach Fran Flory with composure and took the set 25-22. “The mature teams are able to handle those situations,” said junior middle blocker Desiree Elliott. “We’re a roller coaster team, and the more mature we are on the court, the more calm we are on the court, and we’re able to put away very important plays.” In a reversal from the third set, Ole Miss took an early lead in the fourth and the Tigers trailed for most of the set. But a rally led by senior outside hitter Madie Jones, who accounted for nine of LSU’s 15 kills in the fourth set, resulted in the Tigers celebrating a 26-24 victory. “I kind of just turned on another level,” Jones said. “… We didn’t want to go to five [sets] with them, so I knew that if I could step in there and be the one for my team that we could finish in four.”

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[Left] Junior middle blocker Desiree Elliott (4) and sophomore setter Malorie Pardo (14) block the ball Sunday during the Tigers’ 3-1 win against Ole Miss. [Right] Sophomore outside hitter Helen Boyle (8) spikes the ball.

Jones was a dominant force for LSU’s offense, tallying 25 kills and a .339 hitting clip on the match. “They were releasing both blockers out on [Jones] before they even knew we were going to set, so the fact that she was still able to score shows the range that she has offensively,” Flory said. Flory went on to say players like Jones are vital to the success of any team, especially when they have a tendency to turn it on late in games. Elliott was also successful on the offensive side of the ball, coming up with 14 kills and two errors on a .400 hitting clip.

“The nice thing about [Elliott] was she didn’t score the way she always scores,” Flory said. “… She scored easy points by playing intelligent volleyball and seizing the opportunities that were in front of her, and that’s not something we have been able to do.” The victory improved LSU’s conference record to 7-8, and marked the end of a three-game home stand for the Tigers, who will be on the road for four of their five remaining matches. Contact Tyler Nunez at tnunez@lsureveille.com


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Monday, November 5, 2012

Two quarterbacks, two increasingly desperate teams Paul Newberry The Associated Press

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Michael Vick and Drew Brees came into the NFL the same year. Now, they’re in the same predicament: trying to bail out two increasingly desperate teams, both teetering on the edge of collapse. Brees has essentially become a one-man show for the New Orleans Saints (2-5), who are plagued by a historically leaky defense and anemic running game, not to mention the lingering effects of a bounty scandal. For Vick, the stakes are even higher in Monday night's game at the Superdome. He’s the face of the struggling Eagles (3-4), who have lost three straight games, and is facing weekly questions about his job security. If Vick fails to shine against the Saints — who are giving up 50 yards more per game than the nextworst team — embattled Philadelphia coach Andy Reid might have little choice except to change QBs, despite giving No. 7 a strong vote of confidence. “Things could be a lot better,” Vick said. “Not only myself but everybody on this team feels like there is more that they can do to help put us in position to be satisfied with our record. In this game, you just have to keep pushing and try to keep getting better every week.” Brees is having another stellar year statistically, ranking second in the league in yards passing, but there’s no room for error. When he struggled last week against the Denver Broncos, the Saints were blown out 34-14. “I feel like we’ve gotten better every week with the exception of last week,” Brees said. "We just did not play up to our standard, certainly with the hype going into that game, and we were all hurt by it. But it also lights a fire within all of us that we don't want that to be the lasting memory people have of our

team. We’re better than that, and we need to show them on Monday night.” Vick was the top overall pick by the Atlanta Falcons in 2001, the same year Brees was taken with the first pick of the second round by the San Diego Chargers. Of the 11 quarterbacks drafted that year, they are the only two still on an NFL roster. “I feel like I’ve known him a long time,” Brees said. “He’s obviously had a lot of success in this league, both in Atlanta and in Philly.” Not so much this season. Vick has turned it over 13 times — eight interceptions and five fumbles — and he’s coming off a pedestrian performance in Philadelphia’s ugly 30-17 loss to the Falcons. Right after the game, a frustrated Reid sounded like he might switch to rookie Nick Foles. Then, after thinking it over, the coach stressed that Vick remains the starter, for this week and beyond. “Michael was the quarterback, is the quarterback and will continue to be the quarterback of the Philadelphia Eagles,” Reid said. “I can't make it any more clear than that.” Then again, there’s just as much speculation in Philadelphia about Reid’s long-term prospects. Owner Jeffrey Lurie put the coach on notice after last season’s disappointing 8-8 finish, and the challenge seemed to work when the Eagles started off with three wins in their first four games — by a total of four points. Then, the defense squandered late leads in losses to Pittsburgh and Detroit, costing coordinator Juan Castillo his job. “It’s important that I get my job going in the right direction and making sure that we win football games and that I coach to win football games,” Reid said. “We’re all accountable for it. We’re all standup men and we understand our responsibilities and we’ve got to do better. But it starts with me.”

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New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees (9) throws a pass during an NFL football game Oct. 21 in Tampa, Fla.

Defense isn’t the only concern. Despite a seeming abundance of playmakers, from Vick to running back LeSean McCoy to receiver DeSean Jackson, the Eagles are a dismal 28th in scoring, averaging just 17.1 points a game. Scoring is usually not a problem for the Saints, who are sixth in the league with a 27.1-point average, but the defense has totally collapsed without coordinator Gregg Williams, who was banished by his league for his role in the alleged bounty program. New Orleans is the first team since at least 1950 — and likely in the history of the NFL — to surrender more than 400 yards in seven straight games. At this rate (474.7), the Saints will shatter the 31-yearold record for yards in a season, set

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Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Michael Vick (7) looks to pass during an NFL football game against the Pittsburgh Steelers in Pittsburgh. Despite speculation, Vick is still the No. 1 quarterback on the Eagles depth chart.

by the Colts when they were still in Baltimore. Just how bad is this defense? New Orleans is more than 200 yards worse than league-leading San Francisco (271.4). In fact, the Saints aren’t even close to 31stranked Buffalo (424.1). “If I had the answer, I would say something and everything would be solved,” linebacker Scott Shanle moaned. “Everybody has a different explanation, different theories. It hasn’t been what we thought it would be so far. All we can do is try to keep getting better and see what happens from here on out.”

The Saints also rank last in the league in rushing (72.6 yards), and they’ll have to get by this week without all-purpose stud Darren Sproles, who is sidelined with a broken hand. Which puts even more of a burden on Brees. “We can’t look at the rest of our schedule. We can’t look at our division,” he said. “We can’t look at anything other than how do we win this week?” Contact The Daily Reveille’s sports staff at sports@lsureveille.com; Twitter: @TDR_sports


Monday, November 5, 2012 Sports Briefs Alabama No. 1 in AP Top 25 for 10th straight week after win against LSU NEW YORK (AP) — After being tested for the first time this season Alabama and Oregon have held their spots at the top of The Associated Press college football poll. A thrilling Saturday produced some great finishes but no upsets and few changes among the highest ranked teams. Alabama, which scored late to beat LSU 21-17, is No. 1 for the 10th straight week. Oregon beat Southern California 62-51 and is No. 2 for the seventh consecutive week. Kansas State remains at No. 3 after beating Oklahoma State

RESPECT, from page 11

held high. As hard as it was for Shepard and Beckham, it’s something the rest of the LSU football team has to do as well. I’ve never seen LSU coach Les Miles so visibly upset after a loss. At first I thought it was because some of his quintessential Mad Hatter gambles didn’t work out or because his defense did anything but prevent T.J. Yeldon from scampering into the endzone on the go-ahead 28-yard screen pass with 51 seconds remaining in the game. Those played a part, for sure, but it was another underlying reason that Miles has pent up the entire week leading to the clash with his counterpart Nick Saban. “The idea that people would sit there and discount this football team before they even played the game is just unbelievable,” Miles said after the Tigers’ 21-17 loss to Alabama. Tell us how you really feel, Les. Coming into its tussle with undisputed No. 1 Alabama, most thought the word of the game for LSU was “revenge.” The Tigers were out for blood after the Crimson Tide embarrassed them 21-0 in the 2012 BCS National Championship. They hadn’t scored a touchdown against Alabama’s offense since 2010. Whatever the outcome, the Tigers had to regain what they lost Jan. 9. But LSU did achieve something against the Crimson Tide. It wasn’t revenge — it was respect. As Miles said postgame, everyone counted out the Tigers. It wasn’t a question of whether Alabama was going to win or not, but if LSU could even keep it close. Not only did the Tigers keep the game within striking distance, they blanked the Crimson Tide in the second half until the fiveplay, 43-second drive that will surely go down in Alabama football lore. LSU fans have been dying to see junior quarterback Zach Mettenberger have his breakout game all season long. He finally proved his worth against the best defense in all of college

44-30, and Notre Dame stays at No. 4 after rallying to beat Pittsburgh 29-26 in triple overtime. Ohio State and Georgia are tied for fifth. No. 19 Texas and No. 24 Rutgers moved back into the rankings, and No. 23 Toledo is ranked for the first time since 2001. Ian Poulter rallies to win HSBC Championship for second WGC title SHENZHEN, China (AP) — Ian Poulter showed he can be a star even when playing only for himself. One month after leading an improbable European rally in the Ryder Cup, Poulter won for the first time this year. He closed with a 7-under 65 Sunday to come from four shots behind and win the

football, throwing for 298 yards and a touchdown. Those achievements however won’t be valued as much as they should because the Tigers didn’t come away with a W. Props to the Crimson Tide and coach Saban. It takes a championship pedigree to have no momentum the entire second half and put together a drive for the ages to keep your national title hopes alive. If any other opponent were lining up opposite from the Tigers on Saturday night in Death Valley, it would have been a completely different result. They outgained the Crimson Tide, dominated the time of possession battle nearly two-to-one and won the turnover battle 2-0. LSU exposed a chink in Alabama’s armor. No team has been able to run straight at the Crimson Tide and have success. The Tigers displayed a dominant ground game against Alabama, who hadn’t given up a 100-yard rusher this season. A true freshman running back Jeremy Hill, who was fifth on the depth chart before the season began, accomplished that feat against the Crimson Tide. They were also without three of five starters on the offensive line who started the opener against North Texas or running back Alfred Blue, who had cemented himself as the starter before going down against Idaho earlier in the season. Last week it was said that Alabama could beat an NFL team. Not only did the Tigers help throw that opinion into the garbage, they took one of the best college football teams in recent memory down to the very last second. And that’s something to hold your head up high about. Micah Bedard is a 22-year-old history senior from Houma.

The Daily Reveille HSBC Championship for his second career World Golf Championships title. It won’t overshadow what he did at Medinah in the Ryder Cup — five straight birdies to pick up a crucial point in fourballs and winning his singles match to complete a 4-0 week. Even so, it was important to the Englishman that the year not pass without a victory of his own. “I’ve only been one season without a victory and I certainly didn’t want to go another one,” Poulter said after his two-shot win at Mission Hills. “As well as I’ve played this year, it would have been a disappointment personally to have gone that year without winning.” Phil Mickelson (68), Jason Dufner (64), Scott Piercy (65) and

page 15 Ernie Els (67) tied for second. Lee Westwood and Louis Oosthuizen shared the 54-hole lead, but each shot a 72 in the final round to tie for sixth. Poulter won for the first time since the World Match Play Championship in Spain in 2011. His other WGC title came in 2010 in Arizona at the Match Play Championship. 14-year-old Chinese player becomes the youngest to qualify for Masters

to beat Pan Cheng-tsung of Taiwan. Guan, an eighth-grader who weighs 125 pounds, couldn’t reach the par 4 in two shots. He chipped to 5 feet and made the putt. Guan will be the youngest player at Augusta National in April. He easily surpasses the mark set by Italy’s Matteo Manassero, who was about to turn 17 when he played in 2010. It’s the second straight year a 14-year-old from China will play in a major. Andy Zhang qualified for the U.S. Open last summer.

BANGKOK (AP) — Guan Tianlang of China won the Asia-Pacific Championship on Sunday, making the 14-year-old the youngest player to qualify for the Masters. Guan closed with a 1-under 71 at Amata Spring Country Club, needing a par on the 18th hole

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Let Down

Don’t support the lesser of two evils: Barack Obama BLUE-EYED DEVIL NICHOLAS PIERCE Columnist As election results poured in on the evening of Nov. 6, 2008, Baton Rouge was alive with young people. My roommates were lighting victory cigars and my neighbors were dancing in the parking lot. I was sitting in my room, updating my Facebook feed as state after state went for Democratic candidate Barack Obama. We were ecstatic — this was our first election. We grew up in the shadow of Sept. 11 and the war in Iraq, and we watched as images of abused prisoners leaked out of Abu Ghraib as Guantanamo Bay filled and the USA Patriot Act was turned into law. For millennials of all political flavors, both Republicans and Democrats, our entire experience with politics had been characterized by either the fear of our nation’s enemies or the fear of our nation’s government, and in either case it was an experience defined by cynicism and distrust. I read both of Obama’s books — I toted “The Audacity of Hope” around like a sort of secular Bible. I was, and still am, a registered Democrat. We thought we could go to the polls, pull a lever and turn the world upside down. We knew we were part of something historic, because that’s what we were repeatedly told. But we were naive. You don’t need to believe me

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— the President’s record speaks for itself. Obama signed into law the National Defense Authorization Act, legislation which allows the government to detain American citizens indefinitely and without charge. Sounds a lot like the Patriot Act, right? Don’t worry, he extended that too. He drastically increased the number of drone strikes in Pakistan and Yemen, killing an estimated 800 civilians in countries we’re not even

at war with. According to Jeremy Scahill of The Nation magazine, while the president was publicly withdrawing troops from Iraq, he was replacing them with thousands upon thousands of private security contractors — mercenaries from companies like Blackwater and Triple Canopy. So much for an end to the occupation, but at least he shut down Gitmo, right? Obama has been the best Republican president since Ronald

Reagan. Hell, he even bombed Libya like Reagan. All he needs is a flight suit and a “Mission Accomplished” banner. And his foreign policy hasn’t been the only thing to expose just what kind of hope and change he had in mind. In January of 2011, the president appointed Jeffrey R. Immelt as his chief economic advisor. Immelt is the CEO of General Electric Co., which paid virtually no federal corporate income tax over

department,’ Lalonde said. ‘We can’t be everywhere at once,’ and still be willingly disarmed. This imaginary ‘gun-free’ zone created on campus does nothing except disarm law-abiding citizens. If you are of legal age (21 years), have a clear background, get fingerprinted, and complete a 9 hour training course, you should be able to carry your own firearm for personal protection, regardless of where you are. What makes a campus such a special ‘safe’ place that people talk about if crimes like these can occur without contest? Although the article also says ‘some personal responsibil-

ity for your own safety,’ I prefer to not have to put my trust in a police force that cannot follow me around everywhere I travel. This imaginary bubble placed around campus is nothing but a zone to prey on innocent students at will who are disarmed by the law. I am not suggesting that everyone get permitted or that we allow freshmen to have guns in dorms (after all they aren’t of legal age for a permit). I am merely saying that given an option (a firearm), you can use that option if in the confines of the law and in fear of bodily harm or death.” - Bapple

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the last several years and was also one of the president’s largest corporate donors in ’08. I guess skipping out on all those taxes gave GE some spending money; if I had that kind of disposable income, I’d probably buy myself a president, too. Want to know another one of the president’s largest corporate donors? Try Goldman Sachs, who received close to $10 billion in bailout funds. They have since paid it back, but the conflicts of interest are glaringly apparent. Needless to say, when I hit the polls bright and early Tuesday morning, I won’t be voting for Obama, and neither will I be voting for Republican candidate Mitt Romney — because corporations aren’t people, my friend. No, I’ll be casting my vote for the Green Party’s Jill Stein, the Justice Party’s Rocky Anderson or maybe even Gary Johnson, the Libertarian Party’s candidate. I’d rather toss a bullet in the trash than fire it into my foot. When it comes to the ballot box, I don’t believe in wasting my say on the lesser of two evils. A vote is still a vote, it’s still a statement. Just because your candidate may not win doesn’t mean you shouldn’t engage the process. That line of thinking is why we’re in this mess to begin with. Nicholas Pierce is a 22-year-old history senior from Baton Rouge. Contact Nicholas Pierce at npierce@lsureveille.com; Twitter: @TDR_nabdulpierc very informative. I would like to know if you had any strength stats in terms of bench or squat for example. Does LSU keep records of those numbers? It would be interesting to see what that chart looks like and to see the types of strength and training that was being coached through the decades.” - jpatrick

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Quote of the Day “Poverty is the mother of crime.”

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Walker exaggerates crime statistics during debate IN-LOOKING OUTSIDER TESALON FELICIEN Columnist Find a social issue, pump money into ads distorting facts about the issue, give your solution to the issue, scare voters. This is the political cake-mix recipe to unseat an incumbent. During the recent mayoral debate, Republican hopeful Mike Walker criticized Mayor-President Kip Holden’s response to increased crime in Baton Rouge, labeling the issue a “crime emergency.” Walker called for additional police units and attacked Holden in a recent ad dubbed “limoing Louie.” Is the city in need of a crimefighting superhero? I don’t think so. The crime rate is the ratio of crimes in an area to the population, expressed per

1,000 inhabitants per year. Neighborhoodscouts.com, a real estate and neighborhood grading website, gave Baton Rouge a 67 per 1,000 crime rating. This number includes data from violent crimes including robbery, aggravated assaults and rape. More alarming is the city’s murder rate. According to a 2011 WAFB report, the city ranked seventh in the nation with 30 people per 100,000 murdered. New Orleans was ranked first with 49 per 100,000. Some attribute this spike in violence to the effects of Hurricane Katrina in 2005, which displaced many residents from New Orleans, including sending criminals to Baton Rouge. The city’s crime has increased dramatically since Katrina, and the University has felt its effect. In 2007, two international students were murdered in their off-campus apartment. Earlier this year, 22-year-old Gunnar Williamson was robbed, beaten and found unconscious in Tigerland. He later

died from his injuries. “It definitely scares me,” said mass communication junior Desiree Maduro of the crime increase in the city. Maduro said both the campus lighting and police presence at night could be improved, and she only feels safe when walking with companions. Though the numbers are high, there are a few factors to take into consideration when reading into crime statistics. The city is safer than numbers projected. It is common for crime to be highly concentrated in certain parts of a city where the inhabitants are economically disadvantaged. Sadly, in Baton Rouge, many of these areas are black communities where poverty and unemployment are high. Statistics show a majority of homicides in Baton Rouge occur in the 70805 area code of North Baton Rouge, consisting of areas between Airline Highway and the Mississippi River levee. Crime statistics do not

differentiate between areas of low crime and high crime. Areas of low crime receive the same number as areas of high. Crime, however, is contagious, and it often spreads to other safer communities. A resident in an affluent neighborhood watching the nightly news might react to crime reports by heading to the local gun store to purchase a firearm for protection. As witnessed in the Trayvon Martin case, guns and fear should not mix. Walker’s solution to increase the size of the police force is great if you want a Baton Rouge similar to the military occupation of Afghanistan. Though beneficial to the police department, it is not sufficient to address the problem of crime in Baton Rouge. Cooperation between the police and residents is crucial. By using neighborhood policing methods, police should build relationships with the residents they protect. However, this strategy is easier said than done. There is a cultural stigma

in the African American community against cooperating with police. Some would rather see street justice occur than relay important crime-solving information to police, hence the phrase “Snitches get stitches.” The city also needs to address the problem of blighted property, which is known to attract crime. Mayor Holden has worked to battle the problem with the BRAVE program which targets crime hotspots around Baton Rouge, but more can be done. Thanks to Mike Walker, local voters will certainly have the issue of crime in mind as they head to the polls this election season. Unfortunately, many will fall victim to his scare tactic and vote for him. Tesalon Felicien is a 22-year-old mass communication junior from the island of St. Lucia. Contact Tesalon Felicien at tfelicien@lsureveille.com; Twitter: @Tessfel

Little-known amendments have the biggest impact BUT HE MEANS WELL GORDON BRILLON Columnist Local government is what really changes lives. It’s become a bit of a cliché that’s repeated every election cycle, but it still rings true. Though our conversations about politics have become dominated by cable news talking points and the endless clown car endurance race of the presidential election, it’s worth keeping in mind that the boxes farther down the ballot are the ones that affect us most. This year, the Louisiana ballot features several proposed constitutional amendments that will affect lives in the state for years. There are nine total amendments up for vote, as well as one statewide vote affecting school boards across the state. For the most part, they are not glamorous, party-line issues but questions of pragmatism. Several of the measures would take away from entitlement programs to help balance the state budget. These are the difficult questions that really affect lives. While a balanced budget will surely help rebuild the state economy in the coming years, many government programs are already strapped for funding, and it’s hard to say what repercussions further budget cuts would have. I’m not here to tell you how to vote, just to remind you that

these proposals are on the table and that they will have an effect on the future of the state. Probably the most controversial proposed amendment is Amendment No. 2, a measure affecting constitutional language surrounding the right to bear arms. If the amendment passes, it would be more difficult for legislators to make laws regulating or restricting the carrying of firearms. Any regulation would be subject to the highest level of scrutiny by the state Supreme Court, and a line would be removed from the constitution that expressly allows gun regulation.

This is the proposal that will most noticeably affect Louisianans. We’re a state that loves its guns, and it seems unlikely that it won’t pass. If it does pass, it’s likely the state’s current ban on concealed carry firearms on college campuses will be overturned. While Amendment No. 2 seems like a fairly easy question for most voters, the others on the ballot are not so black and white. In particular, Amendment No. 1 is a complex issue that will probably come down to personal experience for most voters. If passed, Amendment No. 1 would prevent the governor and

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state legislators from dipping into the Medicaid trust fund to help balance the state budget. They have done this for the past few years, and while it has helped, the state Medicaid program is already stretched too thin. Medicaid and Medicare have become indispensable for the help they provide lower-income and elderly people, with many people planning their retirement or monthly budget around a government healthcare check. For current college students looking to an uncertain future of collapsed 401(k)s and Walmart greeter jobs, a forward-looking proposal like Amendment No. 1

is attractive. Now usually I’m what many people would call “soft on crime” — I think prisons should be focused on rehabilitating convicts rather than punishing them, and I think Sweden’s “hotel jails” seem like a pretty good idea. But in Amendment No. 5, I’ve found something on which I could agree with the toughest of county sheriffs. If passed, the amendment would take away any right to a government pension of a public worker who is convicted of a felony related to his or her job. My soft side can see an argument against the amendment. Anyone can make a mistake, right? But for me, especially in a state with a corruption record like Louisiana’s, any action against these betrayers of the public trust is a good one. Plus, it saves the government a little bit of money. Everybody wins. Of course, you may disagree. That’s fine. We argue about these issues because they affect our lives, and that’s why we need to stay informed. Gordon Brillon is a 19-year-old mass communication sophomore from Lincoln, R.I.

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comeback against that fearsome Crimson Tide defense. He couldn’t muster the magic to deliver a win, but don’t fret, LSU fans. No. 8 may have come up short, but if he can maintain that level of play, the Tigers will be hard to beat in the future. Tiger Stadium was rocking Kudos to the LSU fans for proving that when the ingredients all come together, there is no more difficult place to play in college football. For the majority of the game, it was impossible to have a conversation in the press box because that two-foot conversational barrier was inundated with noise. The fans made Death Valley worthy of its lofty title. There were a record 93,374 lunatics gathered inside the concrete and steel confines of Tiger Stadium. I chose the word “lunatics” carefully. It was you who vociferously cheered an LSU false start in the fourth quarter. It was you who mercilessly booed the Alabama student band at halftime as if it would somehow make up for the first half. And it was you that kept LSU in the game when it looked like it was down for the count. Bravo, y’all. Alabama is that good While LSU was the better team for much of Saturday night’s throwdown, Alabama’s

three touchdown drives were executed to perfection, and that was the difference in the game. On those three drives, the Tide totaled 227 yards on 22 plays — a 10.3-yard average per play — and accounted for nearly 70 percent of their offensive output. The first drive started at Alabama’s own 8-yard line. Alabama not only had its back against the wall, it was against an angry meat-grinder. The Tide turned that disadvantage into a precise 92-yard touchdown drive. Impressive, but it was the other two drives that will have people talking. The Tide’s twominute offense, which has been shelved as they beat up on inferior foes all season, ran at optimal efficiency. Combined, both drives took one minute, 40 seconds off the clock, covered 135 yards, and sent LSU into the ranks with other two-loss teams. You won’t find a Les Milescoached LSU team that is satisfied with a loss, but the Tigers hung with and played better than an all-world football team for most of 60 minutes Saturday night. There should be some level of pride there.

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page 19 that would have forced Alabama to play for the touchdown in the closing moments. It wouldn’t have mattered. “It’s still killing me,” Dworaczyk said of the offense’s inability to finish out the game. McCarron got his swagger back along with the ball. He found junior receiver Kevin Norwood for 18 yards. Then, he found Norwood for 15 yards. Again, Norwood, 11 yards. Of his five throws on the drive, and there were no rushes, one was incomplete. Freshman running back T.J. Yeldon, with his first catch of the game, found the end zone on the final pass, taking a screen from McCarron and dodging Tiger tacklers for 28 yards. They, and their deflated fans, were crushed. “I didn’t know what to think,” Reid said. Just like that, it was all over. Three plays later, and a BCS Championship was no longer on the table. There will be no SEC

title, barring an unlikely Alabama breakdown. For multiple players following the game, this hurt worse than the Jan. 9 trouncing after the way they’d played, finally scoring on this defense that had shut them out of the end zone for their prior 169 minutes and 38 seconds together. Montgomery said he still wants to put a ring on his young teammates’ fingers. Dworaczyk said there’s a lot of season to play, pointing to previous twoloss, bowl-winning seasons. After that showing, that’s certainly feasible, and Miles knows it. “The good news is we’ve got a good football team,” Miles said. “And the good news is, we’ll live to fight again.”

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